Joe Thompson from Extern, Manager of CCIS, welcomed the announcement, saying: “We are delighted that the Health Minister has recognised the excellent work of the Community Crisis Intervention Service and very much welcome his announcement around this vital funding.

CCIS has become an impactful and important means of helping reduce suicidal behaviour and deaths by suicide in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area.

Since it began operating over each weekend last year, it has now delivered over 475 time critical and immediate interventions to people in crisis. Extern applauds the work being undertaken by the Department to progress the Protect Life 2 Strategy across Northern Ireland, and together with the Council, and the CCIS steering group, we will continue to ensure that we are there for people when they need us most.”

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